Really awesome company to work for! Thoroughly enjoyed my placement here which has a great culture and tech-focused environment. No two projects or analyses were the same, and I loved the variety my role offered. I also got a taste of how many professions operate, from project management to software development, through daily interactions and meetings - which I thought was a great opportunity to help me figure out what I am after in a grad role.
A month or two in, I already felt like any other member of the team. There is a real desire from management to get diverse perspectives on problems and I felt like I could contribute and be heard whenever one met my strengths. I was given the chance to really get into projects and be involved in every step of them. There is also a great culture of encouraging one another to share work and exchange feedback.
A key part of working here is the weekly one-to-one meetings set aside with your manager, as well as less frequent conversations with more senior staff. I found these incredibly useful to get feedback on analysis and advice on both technical and professional challenges. These were also a great opportunity for you to feedback on how projects are going and what you are aiming to get out of the year.
Initially, I was given a lot of freedom to listen in on meetings and projects. This was particularly useful as I got to grips with the technology stack and the various aspects of doing product analysis. It wasn't long before I was in the midst of multiple pieces of work and liaising with stakeholders. I felt pretty busy throughout placement, but managers are keen to help you manage that and ensure you are working on tasks that you enjoy. The work-life-balance here is one of the major pros!
After an initial ramp-up learning from colleagues, I was the main point of contact for most of the projects I provided analysis for. I felt I could really step up have an impact on what I was working on, with the knowledge that I could fall back on anyone in my team for help or a second viewpoint.
Looking back over the year, I learned an enormous amount about both technical aspects of data analysis (SQL, programming, data science/statistics) and professionally (presenting to large audiences, business relationships with stakeholders, etc.). This was all doable through the variety of the work, the culture of continuously improving tech/processes and that everyone was willing to help and provide their experience.
A relaxed and pleasant place to work! There is a good balance of getting work done speedily/accurately and relaxing with colleagues during quieter times (such as playing ping pong or sitting on the roof terrace). The Angel Building is a fantastic modern office to work in and the smart-casual (more on the casual side!) dress code really helps make the positive atmosphere.
The recruitment/HR team do a really great job setting up lunches, talks and training sessions to give you an opportunity to learn from other people inside/outside the business. The program is really well organised and I thought it was a good complement to your usual work, plus the awesome socials in and around London!
Personal development is really in the spirit of the company! An example is some of the good opportunities to learn different skills through their internal 'code academy'. There is also a personal training budget for analysts to spend plus team-organised hackathons to learn something new that you may have not encountered in day-to-day work.
Working from home
I feel like Expedia Group would be a perfect place to start a career in tech/travel. Horizontal movement to different teams and brands is actively encouraged and there is regular information on job postings. Managers are keen, in my experience, to ensure you are doing work on things that match your skillset and aspirations
A major plus of doing this internship was the socials with other placement students. It was really fun meeting people my age doing different roles and enjoying working near central London. I felt there was a really good bond between teams in Analytics and the company as a whole, which is partly down to the various drinks and events organised.
London can be expensive, but worth it for what the city has to offer!
Angel is a really interesting part of London! - Full of pubs and places to spend time as well a rich historical feel to it. It is also at a convenient location for getting to other parts of the city by tube/bus.
Aside from the socials, I would say a highlight would be the 'day of caring' event - which involved working to improve a royal park with colleagues to give back to the local community.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
29th September 2019